Latvian Historical Drama January Picked Up by The Yellow Affair

RIGA: Latvian director's Viesturs Kairišs latest work, the autobiographical history drama January, has been acquired by the international sales company The Yellow Affair.

FNE at Cannes 2022: RIGA IFF Responds to “Cultural Colonisation” in Film Media

CANNES: The Riga International Film Festival has responded to what they are calling “cultural colonisation” of film media during the Cannes Film Festival.

First Latvian/Indian Drama Manny Released in Cinemas in Latvia

RIGA: The first-ever Latvian/Indian coproduction Manny, directed by Latvian director Dace Pūce, was released on 7 May in Latvian cinemas. The film is produced by Latvia’s Marana Productions and India’s…

Baltic Sea Docs 2022 Announces Call for Projects

RIGA: Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries welcomes applications for its 26th edition till 10 June 2022. The most important documentary training and pitching event in the Baltic countries will be…

PRODUCTION: Latvian Director Gints Zilbalodis in Preproduction with Animated Film Flow

RIGA: The Latvian film Flow / Straume directed by Gints Zilbalodis is currently in preproduction. The second long animated film by the Annecy Contrechamp competition winner Gints Zilbalodis has been…

Latvian Film Marathon Returns Live on 4 May 2022

RIGA: The traditional Latvian Film Marathon organised by the National Film Centre of Latvia returns to the big screen on 4 May 2022, after two years of online screenings. The…

Latvian Comedy Samuel's Travels Acquired by HBO Central Europe

RIGA: Samuel's Travels, directed by Latvian/Armenian filmmaker Aik Karapetian, has been acquired by HBO Central Europe. The deal was signed by the Copenhagen-based LevelK, who had picked up the international…

Latvian/Norwegian Animated Film My Favourite War in French Cinemas

RIGA: Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen's antiwar long animated film My Favourite War was released in over 40 cinemas in France on 20 April 2022. The French release had been postponed for…

FESTIVALS: Ukrainian Dad's Sneakers Wins 2ANNAS 2022

RIGA: The Grand Prix of the 26th Riga International Short Film Festival 2ANNAS went to the Ukrainian film Dad's Sneakers directed by Olha Zhurba.

FESTIVALS: Riga IFF 2022 Opens Call for Applications

RIGA: The Riga International Film Festival has launched the call for applications for its new edition set for 13 - 23 October 2022. Feature, short, and children's films, as well…

FNE at Berlinale 2022: Latvian Film in Berlin

On 10 February, the annual Berlin International Film Festival starts, and Latvia is represented in competition programmes as well as film market screenings. Animation short Hush, Hush Little Bear by…

PRODUCTION: Latvian Director Signe Birkova Shoots Feature Debut Lotus

RIGA: Latvian director Signe Birkova has begun shooting her debut fiction feature film Lotus, a comical phantasmagory about a young woman in 1919 Latvia, who desires new challenges and expression…

Cinemas in Latvia Re-open after Four Weeks of Lockdown

RIGA: Cinemas were allowed to re-open in Latvia on 15 November 2021. The closure of cinemas and all other cultural venues, among other restrictions, had been in place since 21…

FNE Speaks with Dita Rietuma, Head of National Film Centre of Latvia

FNE spoke with Dita Rietuma, the head of the National Film Centre of Latvia, about how the pandemic has changed the situation of Latvian cinema, which had been flourishing in…

COVID Lockdown Forces Latvian National Film Awards to be Postponed Until 2022

RIGA: The Latvian National Film Awards, initially set to take place 11-14 November 2021, have been postponed to 24-27 February 2022 due to the lockdown in the country. The event…

FESTIVALS: Andrius Blaževičius’ Runner Wins 2021 Riga IFF

RIGA: The Lithuanian/Czech coproduction Runner / Bėgikė by Andrius Blaževičius has received the main award in the Feature Film Competition of the 8th edition of the Riga International Film Festival.…

Cinemas in Latvia Close, Riga IFF 2021 Moves Online Due to Lockdown

RIGA: Latvia went into lockdown on 21 October 2021 with a number of restrictions in place until 15 November 2021 due to the surge of new COVID-19 cases. As a…

FNE Oscar Watch 2022: The Pit to Represent Latvia in Oscar Race

RIGA: Dace Pūce’s debut feature The Pit / Bedre has been selected as Latvia’s candidate for the 94th Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award in the Best International…

Riga IFF Forum 2021 to Focus on Short Films, Animation, XR and Women

RIGA: The Riga International Film Festival's industry activities, presented under the umbrella name of Riga IFF Forum, are focused this year on short films, XR and animation, showcasing new Latvian…

PRODUCTION: Latvian Director Signe Birkova Concludes Postproduction on Documentary Ring of Fire

RIGA: The Latvian director Signe Birkova is concluding postproduction on her documentary Ring of Fire / Ugunsaplis, which focuses on a group of four actors who have formed their own…